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Music Icon Eric Clapton Celebrates 70th Birthday With Series of Shows at Royal Albert Hall

Concerts Mark 50th Anniversary of Clapton’s First Appearance at Storied Venue

Eric Clapton announced today a series of concert dates in celebration of his upcoming 70th birthday on March 30, 2015. The shows will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall beginning Thursday, May 14, 2015 through Monday, May 18, 2015. Eric will be accompanied by his band members Paul Carrack, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Chris Stainton, Sharon White and Michelle John.

The shows also mark 50 years since Clapton first played at Royal Albert Hall – his debut was on December 7, 1964 when he performed as part of the Yardbirds for BBC-2 TV’s “Top Beat Show.” Clapton returned to the venue four years later for Cream’s U.K. Farewell Concerts on November 26, 1968.

Pilgrim Audiophile Edition Coming Soon

Specialist label Audio Fidelity will issue an audiophile edition of Eric Clapton's album, Pilgrim, on Hybrid SACD. First released in 1998, it was the guitarist's first disc of original material since 1989's Journeyman. With 12 self-penned tracks, Clapton experimented heavily with drum machines, electronica, R&B and even utilized the string section of the London Session Orchestra. Tying it together is Clapton's trademark guitar work of great hooks and emotional melodies. In addition to the title track, the disc features the hit single "My Father's Eyes" and two songs that would go on to become live concert favorites: "River of Tears" and "She's Gone".

Joe Sample Dead At 75

Legendary jazz pianist, keyboardist and composer, Joe Sample, died Friday, September 12 in Houston, Texas. He was 75. His family released the news on the musician's Facebook page: "At 9:50pm, September 12, 2014, Joe Sample passed. His wife Yolanda and his son Nicklas would like to thank all of you, his fans and friends, for your prayers and support during this trying time. Please know that Joe was aware and very appreciative of all of your prayers, comments, letters/cards and well wishes.”

Planes Trains And Eric Trailer


This fall, the tour documentary "Planes Trains And Eric" will be released by Eagle Rock Entertainment but fans can check out the trailer from today. The film will offer an unrivaled peek into the world of one of today's greatest performers. Filmed during the Far and Middle Eastern Leg of Clapton's 2014 tour, it features 13 full-length performances intercut with interviews with Eric, his band and crew along with "fly on the wall" film of soundchecks and other aspects of life on the road as they travel from gig to gig by planes and trains.

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